Real Stuff: The Hot Squat

"I was broke and in need of quick cash, so I took a job selling tickets and checking I.D. at the door of a nightclub. The first night, two good-looking babes caused a stir." From Real Stuff #3 (Fantagraphics, May 1991). [NSFW]

Why CNN gave Miley Cyrus top spot over Syria

The Onion cooked up a brutal item today: a fake op-ed from CNN.com's managing editor, Meredith Artley, explaining why the above was CNN's homepage this morning.

There was nothing, and I mean nothing, about that story that related to the important news of the day, the chronicling of significant human events, or the idea that journalism itself can be a force for positive change in the world. For Christ’s sake, there was an accompanying story with the headline “Miley’s Shocking Moves.” In fact, putting that story front and center was actually doing, if anything, a disservice to the public. And come to think of it, probably a disservice to the hundreds of thousands of people dying in Syria, those suffering from the current unrest in Egypt, or, hell, even people who just wanted to read about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

But boy oh boy did it get us some web traffic. Which is why I, Meredith Artley, managing editor of CNN.com, put the story in our top spot.

The real Meredith Artley took it in stride.

CNN did, at other points today, prioritize the destruction in Syria and the burning of Yosemite. [Pastpages via Farhad Manjoo] Read the rest

Manning’s gender hell: Shades of gray in a black-and-white world

We asked writer, film director, Boing Boing contributor, and transgender educator and activist Andrea James what she thought about the media confusion following Private Manning's gender transition revelation. Below, Andrea's thoughts.

Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul (Jesse) on The Price is Right, 1998

"Where's my money, bitch?" Haha just kidding. [Video Link], via the BBS thread for this audition tape that recently surfaced. This game show clip first made the rounds in 2012: Paul looks very young, and Bob Barker was still the host--Boing Boing pal Drew Carey took over in 2007.

Catch up with Breaking Bad episode recaps and related internet ephemera in our Breaking Bad archives.

(HT: WearySky)

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Breaking down the science in Breaking Bad

PBS NewsHour's Jenny Marder has a cool roundup of videos and posts related to the science in AMC's hit drama series Breaking Bad. One of them is Boing Boing's own "Top Chemistry Moments"! Read the rest

Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's video archives

Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page:

Aaron Paul's 'Jesse' audition tape for Breaking Bad

• Baby goat discovers mirrors

Crashes from Thomas the Tank Engine

• Dubstep cat video

• Street Fighter's Chun Li ruining everyone's day

• LEGO Hobbit teaser trailer

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Weaponized, thriller about a Snowden-type character on the lam [excerpt]

Here's an excerpt from Weaponized, a new thriller by Nicholas Mennuti and David Guggenheim.

Kyle West is a wanted man. Having fled the country to escape the false charges filed against himself and his former boss, billionaire government contractor Christopher Chandler, Kyle's hiding in Cambodia, living on borrowed time and finding more and more reasons to be paranoid.

When a mysterious stranger named Julian Robinson walks into Kyle's favorite café and offers to swap passports with Kyle, Kyle can't believe his luck. Robinson looks so much like Kyle it's almost unreal, and seems in every way the yin to Kyle's yang -- self-assured, charismatic and wealthy beyond measure. Traveling on business, Robinson needs Kyle's passport to get to Africa, where a lucrative deal awaits. Kyle needs Robinson's passport to safely flee Cambodia. The swap seems almost too good to be true. Unfortunately for Kyle, it is.

This one decision plunges Kyle into a Pandora's Box of intrigue that threatens to swallow him whole. Suddenly he finds himself being pursued by Russian oligarchs, Chinese operatives, the CIA, and a beautiful woman trained to kill; because Robinson certainly isn't who he seemed. And time is running out for Kyle to discover who he is.

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Gif Hell

This aptly-named site serves the top GIFs on Twitter right now. Read the rest

Aaron Paul's 'Jesse' audition tape for Breaking Bad

Video Link of a snip from actor Aaron Paul's audition tape for Breaking Bad, probably from 2007? The scene he's performing here ended up being part of the Season One introduction to characters Jesse Pinkman and Walter White (2008).

Don't miss the latest episode recap on Boing Boing, right here (spoilers!). Read the rest

Slow Jams (Yakety Sax edition)

In the languid wake of slowed-down Dolly Parton, Jason Kottke Tim Carmody offers a splendid guide on how to make your own slow jams, with a few of his own to listen to. The trick, he writes, is to remember that music is keyed to specific frequencies--notes!--and failing to scale in accordance with them may produce uncanny results.

Here's the formula for slowing or speeding up a recording to shift the pitch but generally stay in tune:

(2 ^ (semitones change/12) - 1) *100 = Percent Change

So -- as one does when procrastinating from remunerative work -- I made an Excel spreadsheet.If you want to drop two semitones, you shift the speed down by 12.2462 percent; drop three, you shift by 18.9207 percent, which significantly changes the track.

For your enjoyment, I have already produced Slow Yakety Sax. Read the rest

Scuba gear review: Whites Fusion drysuit

Perhaps it is just local pride, but nowhere I've been diving, nowhere in the world, compares with California. The abundance and variety of sea life you can encounter underwater from Carmel to Catalina is without compare. The cold water, however, takes some getting used to.

My solution for the last five years or so: the Whites Fusion Drysuit. Read the rest

Justice goofs in document redaction, confirms open secret on Google surveillance case

"The Justice Department recently won a court battle to keep an Internet company from talking about federal demands for user data, arguing that even disclosing the company’s name would damage national security," write Jennifer Valentino-DeVries and Danny Yadron at the WSJ Digits blog. "But then, after months of arguments, the department appears to have been foiled by its own redaction process, which left the name 'Google' on one page that was posted Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York." Read the rest

Glitch embroidery and stitching

This is Nukeme. I met him at the Tokyo Maker Conference in June. He was wearing a cool MAKE shirt that had a messed up logo. The flaw is intentional. He calls it "glitch embroidery." He gave me one of the shirts and I love it.

Above, an example of Nukeme's glitch stitching. I emailed him last week to tell him I like his work. He sent me a couple of videos (below) that show how he does glitch embroidery and glitch stitching. Read the rest

Concert Master: A new way to choose a classical concert

In my professional life, when I’m not posting about music on Boing Boing, I run the digital team for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. People often tell us that they’re curious to come to one of our concerts, but don’t know much about classical music and or which concerts they might like.

So today, after much agonizing and formulating and coding, we are launching a beta version of Concert Master. It’s a web app that asks you a handful of questions about yourself and recommends concerts based on your answers. It’s meant to be a fun experience that takes some of the intimidation out of classical music and points you to the performances most suited to your taste. If you’re in LA or a fan of the arts, we’d love your thoughts.

In other LA Phil news, our website that celebrates 10 years of the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall went live today as well. Read the rest

Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comics picks for July & August 2013

JULY -- Listen, I know it’s hard to resist the lure of Powell’s on a trip to Portland (believe me, I was there twice in a three-day period), but if don't visit Floating World Comics when you’re in the Rose City, it’s time to sit down and take a serious look at your life. I went to both places, of course. We hit Seattle and San Francisco on the trip as well, so my suitcase was around 10 to 20 pounds heavier than it was on the way in. It’s a sickness, really. I mean, I’m writing a comics column to partially pay for a comics habit. Maybe it’s time for me to have a serious look in the mirror, as well -- but if you really thought I was going to leave that store without picking up the new issue of Henry & Glenn Forever, you’re just kidding yourself, really. We all fill the hole of missing Comic Con in our own way.

Calling Dr. Laura By Nicole Georges Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Okay, I’m about six months behind on this one -- and I also learned an important lesson about reading comics on a Kindle (don’t), but man, I liked the hell out of Nicole Georges’s book. Her artwork has improved by leaps and bounds from the scribbled early days of her wonderful Invincible Summer zine, which I also revisited on a recent trip to Portland, to bone up before an interview with her for an upcoming episode of my RiYL podcast. Read the rest

Science says government spying makes you boring

"Science, alone, can lay claim to a wealth of empirical evidence on the psychological effects of surveillance," writes Chris Chambers in the Guardian today. "Studying that evidence leads to a clear conclusion and a warning: indiscriminate intelligence-gathering presents a grave risk to our mental health, productivity, social cohesion, and ultimately our future." Read the rest

Ned Land sings

Last night I watched the 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and this is stuck in my head... Read the rest

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